The Story

We’re under way with the rainy season here in Portland. Before moving here, I was told that PDX only has two seasons: summer and rain. Thus far, those people have been proven correct. But you know what? I love it! I don’t know what it is about photographers where we’re the only sort that loves cloudy skies and inclement weather. Most people would be thrilled to have clear, blue skies and warm, agreeable weather. But not me.

The rain invigorates me. It gives me a way to add drama to a scene. At night, rain provides surfaces with a wonderfully reflective quality that instantly adds dimension and appeal.

Sure, rain isn’t convenient (unless you’re experiencing a drought), but that isn’t the point. It’s about getting out there and working with what you’re given. Not much more left to say, is there?

In terms of processing

Pretty much all of the heavy lifting was done with Perfect B&W by +onOne Software. I used it to give me this Frank Miller-inspired high key look. I wanted to bring extra body to the falling raindrops. I was able to elongate them by dragging my shutter just a bit longer than necessary. Because I knew that I’d be intentionally clipping highlights in post, I wasn’t worried if they were blown out in the exposure.

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